February 26, 2010

DvH 2010 08 Las Vegas

Grand Flourishes (a new, old sense of Europe)

European interiors often have a certain drama and stylishness. One reason is that late Renaissance and baroque buildings provide startling and extravagant frameworks for interiors. Designers today rarely get a chance to try their hands at such spaces.

The client wanted his living space to reflect his traditional European taste. There was actually nothing European here except the furnishings, so we created “a look”. We took the well-proportioned rooms and transformed them via color, texture, finishes, art, and furnishings.

Retired from the Swedish Foreign Service the client decided to live part-time in Las Vegas. During his worldwide postings, he accumulated an eclectic mix of art and he inherited an exceptional collection of fine furnishings.

Because entertaining is such a big part of his live, the furniture in the living room is arranged to make dialog natural and easy. We opted for neutral walls and modern seating to set off the antique Italian celadon-green boiseries and art.

In the dining room, a new glass-topped table is encircled with antique chairs, upholstered in embroidered fabric.

In the private rooms, the walls are “clean” white, with no deep pigments to create pink or blue undertones. The white works well with the abundance of natural light from the large windows. Bed and seating were custom designed.

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